Avalabetta – 100 Km from Bangalore, the less crowded Avalabetta hilltop is upcoming and the alternate destination compared to the famous Nandi Hills. Less commercialized & an impressive cliff make it worth visiting
Not exactly that Avalabetta is closed. However, the famous selfie spot is fenced by the local police station. Do you want to see how it is looking now?
AVALABETTA UPDATE 02 OCT-19
Yes, now you have to park your vehicle at the base of the hilltop and hike roughly 2 Km in order to reach the lower temple. You can use the concrete road or stairs (made of pebbles) to the top. The trek is easy to moderate depending on your fitness level.
I strongly recommend you to reach the base of the hilltop as early as possible (by 7- 8 AM) in order to avoid the harsh sun rays. Please carry ample water, food, hats, and sunshade. Also, avoid wearing tight clothes as it will make things worse for you.
Coming to famous selfie point, yes it is fenced as shown in above picture, however, someone has broken one of the iron rods and hence you can sneak in and then enjoy the point. Again, I strongly recommend you to reach this point as early as possible to avoid crowd and security guard.
Sneaking to the famous selfie point is for sure your decision and use your judgment and take wise decisions as per the situation. We then went to a nearby offbeat place called Dandiganahalli dam.Please join our FB group TravelEscape for all and useful information.
ALTERNATE TO NANDI HILLS
The last road trip we did was too awesome Hessarghatta grassland from Bangalore. Searching for our next trip, I stumble upon the pictures of Avalabetta hilltop. Located 60 Km from famous Bangalore’s hotspot “Nandi hills” on the way to Hyderabad lies the hill. Avalabetta hilltop is less crowded compared to that of the Nandi hills. However, we are now seeing a real influx of young people from Bangalore started exploring the hill.
AVALABETTA ROUTE: SUGGESTED ROUTE
Very straightforward if you plan well in advance. We recommend all our readers to start from Bangalore before sunrise. The reason is to get off from Bangalore traffic and then possibly reach the base of the hilltop as early as possible (at the time of sunrise). You can wrap up the sightseeing around Avalabetta in approx 2 hours.
The best route you can take is to hit Nh7, pass international airport toll gate, then Chikkaballapura town exit, continue roughly for 20 km on the highway till Paresandra. Take Paresandra exit and come to the service road, after 1.5 Km take left and then continue to follow the village road till the base of the hilltop. Recommended to follow the google maps GPS, we reached without issue by following the instruction’s of maps
AVALABETTA HILLTOP: WHAT TO EXPECT & REALITY
Okay, I am not giving you a very rosy picture like of other sites, Avalabetta is now becoming a hotspot tourist place in around Bangalore. You will witness the good crowd of youngsters driving to the hill on the weekend and national holidays. You would have to wait in a long queue to get your picture snapped on the edge of the cliff.
Now the honest picture before you to decide a visit to Avalabetta Hilltop or not? Yes, it’s worth. A full breadth of fresh air, a green landscape and to climb few stone steps to reach the top would be the first few things which you would surely try to experience.
HOW IT FELLS AT THE TOP OF AVALABETTA
The drive till the base of the hilltop itself is refreshing, thrilling and impressive. After you park your vehicle or bike in ample parking space, you can head towards the valley and enjoy the breathtaking views. You have to climb some 50 odd stone stairs reaching to the Hanuman temple.
If you take the right side of the temple and follow the uneven path, you will reach to the prized and most photographed cliff in around Bangalore in the backdrop of the small water body.Enjoy the Valley and the chilling wind of the morning. If you take left from the Hanuman temple and climb steep some odd 50 stairs, you will reach the top of the hill with another temple at the top.
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Suggested Reading– 45 Km from Paresandra NH7 lies magnificent temple from 15th-century Lepakshi. Famous for the tallest monolithic bull and hanging pillar.Recommended for a day trip to Lepakshi from Bangalore